Posts tagged arbitration
SSA, AFGE renegotiate agreement to give employees more official time
August 29, 2022 // After months of ongoing discussions, SSA and AFGE reached an agreement on July 25 to reinstate previous levels of official time for union activity, and the union’s use of SSA facilities, that existed in an earlier iteration of the national contract from 2012. Rich Couture, AFGE’s spokesperson for SSA, told Federal News Network that settlement discussions earlier this year ultimately led to the changes to the contract. The new provisions of the national agreement will raise the caps on the maximum hours that union representatives can use toward union time, and put more available hours in a bank for other SSA employees. The new provisions of the national agreement will raise the caps on the maximum hours that union representatives can use toward union time, and put more available hours in a bank for other SSA employees. SSA Acting Commissioner Kilolo Kijakazi,
Hartford teacher files complaint over union representation
August 5, 2022 // According to the complaint filed by John Grande, “The Union breached its duty of fair representation when it refused to arbitrate a grievance on Complainant’s behalf due to the fact that he was not a member of the Union. Specifically, the Union’s First Vice President Corey Moses told Complainant that arbitration is reserved only for members of the Union.” The complaint alleges that HFT is violating state statute by not equally representing all members of the bargaining unit equally and that the union “committed a prohibited practice” by attempting to coerce membership through withholding services. Grande recently settled in federal court over a libel case in which he claimed a Hartford school principal defamed him by accusing him of threatening behavior. The case stemmed from Grande wearing headphones to block out noise because of his tinnitus. Hartford Board of Education,
Railroad talks stall, so Biden likely to pick review board
June 20, 2022 // Railroad contract talks remain deadlocked after more than two years of negotiations, so President Joe Biden will likely soon have to appoint a board to help settle the dispute. Josh Funk, rail crews, Dennis Pierce, UP, BNSF, CSX, Norfolk Southern, Kansas City Southern,
California tribal casino workers could be one step closer to unionizing under new ruling
May 23, 2022 // Although the tribe has rights as a sovereign government, “there is no sovereign immunity to arbitration because a party is only obligated to arbitrate when that party agreed to arbitrate, as Sycuan did” when it signed the TLRO, Judge Milan Smith said in the 3-0 ruling. He said all disputed issues, including the tribe’s claim that the agreement conflicts with federal labor law, must be referred to arbitration.
Blacklisting Federal Contractors
May 4, 2022 // Congressional Democrats have taken a renewed interest in resurrecting a failed Obama-era executive order, “Fair Pay and Safe Workplace (EO 13672),” also known as “Blacklisting.” The stated goal of the Blacklisting executive order, and subsequent regulations, was to promote efficiency in government procurement by ensuring federal agencies contract only with “responsible” contractors who comply with federal and state workplace laws.
STRIKE UPDATE: Teamsters’ Canadian Pacific Rail Strike That Threatened Supply Chain Is Over
March 23, 2022 // The parties have agreed to binding arbitration to settle outstanding issues.
Sue The Boss, Pay the Union: Bill Creates New Gravy Train For Labor
March 8, 2022 // The legislation (HB 5245) is designed to bypass employee agreements that prevent individual workers from suing their employers and require them to instead take disagreements to arbitration. As one proponent put it, the bill would “allow private citizens to enforce our labor and discrimination laws as private attorneys general on behalf of the state.”
Port Authority union seeks preliminary injunction against agency’s vaccine mandate
February 28, 2022 // The ATU Local 85 has filed a grievance and a charge with the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board alleging that the Port Authority violated the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Act by implementing the mandate without first bargaining with the union.